“In my judgment, the best way to stop the violence is to understand why
the violence occurred in the first place. And that's because Hezbollah has
been launching rocket attacks out of Lebanon into Israel, and because
Hezbollah captured two Israeli soldiers. That's why we have violence.”
The missiles that struck the Israeli Saar 5-class missile ship and an Egyptian-crewed cargo ship, perhaps of Cambodian registry, were likely highly sophisticated C-802 anti-ship missiles. These missiles are made in China where they are known as the Yingji-802. They have a range of about 120 kilometers (72 miles) and carry a 165 kilogram (363 lb) warhead. The missile has a very small radar cross section and a high-tech anti-jamming capability giving target ships a low likelihood of shooting the missile down. This missile is considered to be among the best in the world (http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/china/c-802.htm).
China has sold a number of these missiles to Iran.
“Israeli ambassador Dan Gillerman responded to the Lebanese criticism by saying that Israel was “doing what was best for Lebanon” in liberating it from the “stranglehold of terror” it has lived under in the grip of both Syria and Iran — neighbouring countries that have had a substantial presence in Lebanon, and support Hezbollah.Gillerman added, “Hezbollah is only a finger of the long arms of Iran and Syria — (which) together with Hamas and Hezbollah constitute the world's most dangerous axis of evil.”
“The Israeli Saar-5 was made in America, and has advanced defensive capabilities. For this reason, I doubted the initial reports (disinformation really) from the Hezbollah (Party of God) terrorist organization claiming that they used a home-made drone packed with explosives to hit the Saar-5. Were that so, it would have been shot out of the sky by the Saar's Phalanx CIWS (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saar_5_class_missile_boat#Defensive_systems).”
“The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the missile detection and deflection system was not operating apparently because the sailors did not anticipate such an attack by Hezbollah.”
Other defence sources say Hezbollah also has longer range missiles. Asked about the claims, a source close to Hezbollah said: “Wait a few days and you'll find out.”